TpT sitewide sales only occur a few times a year. Check out these tips to get the most value for your students in your classroom.
Need some help navigating Teachers Pay Teachers sitewide sales? You’re in the right place. TpT sitewide sales only happen a few times a year. And you want to be ready to take advantage of these substantial savings.
Most, but not every seller chooses to join in the sale. Individual sellers usually offer 20% off of ALL their products. TpT offers another 5% off only if you use the promo code. That’s a whopping 25% off!
Take a peek at this post to see how you can be prepared when a TpT sitewide sale pops up.
What’s in this post? Click to open the Table of Contents
Get Notified About Sales and Promo Codes
Every sale has a different promo code. I always send an email the day before a sale to notify our email subscribers. This notification will include the dates of the sale and the promo code along with a link to some of our favorite resources for that particular time of year.
If you would like to be notified to ensure you never miss a sale, click here to subscribe or sign up through the form on the sidebar or at the bottom of this post. As a bonus, you will receive 5 FREE elementary music resources.
Now let’s talk about some important tips to help you get the most value out of each TpT sale.
Take Inventory and Prioritize Your Needs
First and foremost, stop and take stock of what you already have. What lessons have worked well for you? What learning objectives do you need to supplement? After you know what you need, take a minute to prioritize your list. Now that you have identified where your most pressing needs lie, you’re ready to start looking for resources that will meet those needs.
Use Categories to Target Your Searches
Many Teacher Authors set up their TpT stores with custom categories to help you find exactly what you need. Scan the left-hand side of our store home page to see the various categories to focus your search.
If you do not find what you need in the custom categories section, you can search an individual store. Be sure to use the smaller search bar titled “Search Store.” The store search bar is located below the FREE Download button. Search broad and specific keywords which describe your needs.
If you still cannot find what you need, use the “Ask a Question” tab which is below the main store banner. Your Teacher Author will get back ASAP.
Start Your Wish List and Cart
When you find resources that meet classroom needs that are lower on your priority list, add them to your wish list. As you identify lessons that meet the most pressing needs for your classroom, add them to your cart. (You can always move them to your wish list later if necessary.)
Then, you’re ready to prioritize your purchases. Move resources from your wish list to your cart or vice versa according to your prioritized needs. Then, just wait for a sale.
Read on to learn how to earn free and/or reduced resources.
How to Earn TpT Credit
Did you know you can earn credit when you leave reviews of your previously purchased TpT resources? It’s totally worth it. You can even earn FREE products. My last purchase from TpT only cost me $0.22.
What are you waiting for? Log on and leave some reviews. Those reviews will help your Teacher Authors and other teachers who are interested in those resources.
If you need detailed directions complete with screenshots for leaving reviews, click to see How to Earn TpT Credit.
How to Redeem Credits
If you have any credits, the next time you make a TpT purchase, you will see an “Account Balance” box in your cart. Don’t forget to look for this box. The Account Balance box is under the button which says “Secure Checkout”. It will show the amount in US dollars of your available credit. Click in the box and type the amount you would like to redeem. I usually redeem the entire amount.
Your TpT credits never expire, so leave timely feedback and you’ll be ready for any sitewide sales when they pop up.
TpT ClassFund™ and DonorsChoose
TpT has a crowdsource funding platform called TpT ClassFund™ to help teachers pay for the resources they need. They have also partnered with DonorsChoose to give teachers various options to easily raise funds.
Important Note: Always get your principal’s or appropriate administrator’s permission before you undertake any form of fundraising. That being said, this is the easiest fundraising you will ever undertake.
Another Way to Save
Many sellers offer BIG discounts the first 24 hours a new product is posted. Every time I release a new resource, it will be 40% off! You can save throughout the year if you follow your favorite sellers and check out their new lessons as they’re posted.
TpT will send an email to notify you when your favorite sellers release new products. Click here to “Follow Mi” on TpT.
Follow these Steps to Get Ready Today
TpT only advertises sales 48 hours prior to the event. Here’s what you can do today to be ready.
- Take inventory of your current resources and identify the needs for your classroom.
- Prioritize those needs.
- Search TpT and your favorite Teacher Authors for resources that will best meet the needs of your classroom. Add those resources to your wish list or your cart.
- Talk to your principal about the possibility of setting up a TpT ClassFund™ or DonorsChoose to start building up the funding for your classroom. If you invest in classroom resources during sales, you maximize the benefit of your donations.
- Leave feedback for previously purchased items to build up your credit.
- Click here to subscribe to our email list so you won’t miss the next sale. (It is easy to do. I missed one.)
- Click here to “Follow Mi” on TpT. All of our resources are 40% off the first 24 hours they’re posted.
Now, when a TpT sitewide sale pops up with little notice, you will be ready to get the most value for your students in your classroom.
TpT Sitewide Sales are Time to Stock Up
Now you know how to maximize your funds and get the most value from any sitewide sale. And these sales are the time to stock up. This is the perfect time to invest in bundles or larger resources. Remember to use the promo code at checkout to get the entire 25%.
Below is the link to our store. Use the “Ask a Question” tab or contact us through our website if you need help.
Meet the Author
Terri Lloyd is a former elementary music teacher with over 25 years of experience. She holds a Bachelor of Music, a Master of Science in Education, and a Technology Certificate in Instructional Design.
She is currently active in music education through blogging, workshops, and curriculum development. She serves on the music staff at her church and volunteers for an after-school children’s program. Terri is an active musician in the community, performing in a local Big Band, pit orchestras, and various events.